2014 Chevy Volt Gets A Few Revisions: RPO Central20
Chevy is making a few (much-welcomed) rolling updates to the 2014 Volt, starting with the deletion of certain equipment — including Jet Black and Spice Red seats with Dark accents interior, premium door trim, the comfort package, the comfort grip steering wheel, as well as three existing colors (Cyber Gray Metallic, Viridian Joule, Blue Topaz Metallic).
Meanwhile, two new colors (Ashen Gray Metallic, Brownstone Metallic) join the lineup, the leather-wrapped steering wheel becomes standard equipment (finally!), the PCV low emissions package becomes available for ship-to states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey (in addition to California and New York), and the interior sees a few tweaks to the trim. But what might be the single biggest change to the 2014 Volt over previous models is the fact that the charge port door is now push-to-open, making charging the car that much easier, as users will no longer need to unlock the port from inside the car.
Here are the official RPO-level changes:
- (GBV) Cyber Gray Metallic exterior color
- (GLC) Viridian Joule exterior color
- (GTS) Blue Topaz Metallic exterior color
- (AFG) Jet Black and Spice Red seats with Dark accents interior
- (FIF) Premium door trim
- (PCM) Comfort Package
- (NK5) Comfort grip steering wheel
- (GLJ) Ashen Gray Metallic exterior color
- (GWX) Brownstone Metallic exterior color
- (N30) Leather-wrapped steering wheel is now standard
- Charge port door is push to open
- (KA1) Driver and front passenger heated seats is now an available option for Cloth interior, as well as included with (PCQ) Premium Trim Package
- (AFA) Jet Black seats interior accents changed from Ceramic White to Dark accents
- (AFD) Jet Black and White seats are now all Jet Black seats
- (PCV) Now included on vehicles with ship-to states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey, in addition to California and New York
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So why wasn’t it a push to release door to start? Were they worried about people siphoning electricity out of the car? Lol
I prefer the electric release door. There’s a button on the remote for it, so if you forget to open it before exiting the car it’s no big deal. The electric release keeps people from messing with it.
I suspect that the manual release is a cost-cutting measure pure and simple.
I agree. I prefer the secure charge door approach. I was disturbed by the recent picture of gum on a Volt charging port.
Or perhaps there’s been a lot of service calls on the door release…during the winter my charge door opens on its own about 2% of the time…the rest of the time I have to pry it with a fingernail while simultaneously pressing the release button on the fob. Of course, GM service can’t replicate the issue…
You are right Sully. I live in Wisconsin and that has happened to me. I guess it is a tradeoff.
The existing remote-controlled charge port door is failing on my Volt too. Won’t spring open, won’t always latch shut. In fact, my Volt is in the shop today in part to address this very problem; they’re going to swap the existing door assembly.
Clearly, this was a design that was too complex for the users’ good; the new design is likely to be better.
Update – Forbes in Waterloo, ON has taken very good care of me. After trying the GM recommended lubrication fix (Band-Aid solution) and not being satisfied they promptly ordered in a new charge port from the 2013 model year. It is now installed for 2 weeks, still cold and wet here…door has yet to fail to open. Fingers crossed. A big thank you to Forbes, GM and my Volt Advisor, Diana.
I have the same problem with my remote release on my gas Sonata. Same problem with any kind of door. If your filler door is iced over, it will not open manually or electronically.
I expect there will be few changes ahead with the new car not that far out.
I must say in the Canton Ohio area I have seen many new ones on the road. I just saw 5 in one 12 mile trip.
I love my Chevy Volt. I have had it almost a year now. The change I would love to see most would be about 30 percent more range. I would love to be able to go about 70 miles on a charge instead of about 45.
I think your math is a little off. A 30% increase of the current battery range of 45 would result in a total of about 58.5 miles.
If you took the gas engine out, you would probable get that!
This info has been out for a while, reported on gm-volt.com. Unfortunately they only post positive news and purposely ban anyone who criticizes the Volt no matter how factual or mundane, such as seats 4 and sold 1306 in April, or mentions existing inventory which would last until January 2014. Makes any positive claims from Volt owners questionable.
Pricing is the interesting missing piece for the 2014 and when the next gen will be released, 2015 or 2016 since its been officially described at $7-10k less expensive.
Volt owners and Volt owner wannabes are bailing out of the GM-Volt group because of the over-sensitive moderators and lack of free speech that is NOT afforded there. Facebook has a great group and probably will surpass GM-Volt.
The charge port door on my 2012 has never failed and I prefer NOT having a push to open style. There are still a few people out there cutting charging cords on Volts (last one was in Florida) and I’d hate to think some moron would open my charging door and pour beer or salt into the small holes where the charger plugs into.
Darn thats it. I hope they announce better electric mileage by a few with a price drop. Otherwise solar panels are all up and time to get the volt instead of the diesel cruze. Talking about a 360 about face. Can’t help myself I suppose. An 6.6kw charging mode.
My dealer got the charger door replaced under warranty and since 4 months ago has been operating just fine. I had the same problems that you describe.
While researching to find a new charging module for my 2012 Volt, I noticed that the 2014 Volt has a different part number 24270696. The 2011-2013 use part number 22799689. The unit looks the same so I am wondering if it’s an upgrade, poss to step up the charging rate for level 2 charging.
Does anyone have any insight to this change?
I think I read somewhere that the 2014 charge module operates differently – that by default it charges at a lower amperage and you have to intervene or change a setting or something to have it charge at full amperage whereas the 2012 and older charge at full throughput by default. I haven’t read that they’ve increased it at all (a la DC fast charge CHAdeMO)…I’m pretty happy with 3-1/2 hours for a full charge @ 240 Volts and even when I charged at 120V for the first 18 months @ 9-1/2 hours it was not prohibitive. I can imagine rapid charging is more crucial with pure EV’s without the benefit of a range extender.
I would like to see GM issue more firmware / software updates…I’m not sure why the new ‘hold’ mode could not be added to the older model years….
One of my biggest pet peeves at this point that I’ve discovered during our exceptionally cold winter has been the ICE coming on due to temperature even when I am sitting stopped at a traffic signal…I don’t like burning gas…I like it even less when I’m not moving…IMO the ICE should not be running when not moving if there is charge in the battery and the shifter is in D or L.
The change to make the charger revert to 8 and was done on the 2013, as was the increase to the battery mileage. The part number for the onboad charger didn’t change until the 2014.
My true question is can I use a 14 onboard charger on a 12 ?
After a very minor accident I damaged the wiring to the low voltage side of my charger and the unit must be replaced.
Update. The 2012 onboard charger does interchange with the 2014 on some gm parts breakdowns . The new number I listed is a valid number but it’s not in all the GM parts systems. It may be a future number change. I installed it in my 2012 volt and it seems to work fine.